Living My Life (album)
|Living My Life|
|Studio album by Grace Jones|
|Released||7 November 1982|
|Genre||Reggae, new wave, soul|
|Producer||Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin|
|Grace Jones chronology|
|Singles from Living My Life|
Having recorded two reggae-oriented albums with the Compass Point Allstars at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, with the most recent Nightclubbing became her most successful record to date, Jones went back into studio in 1982 to record an album which would turn out her final offering in the Compass Point trilogy. This time around, Jones recorded only one cover, "The Apple Stretching", which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show Waltz of the Stork. "Nipple to the Bottle" was co-written with Sly Dunbar, while, apart from "My Jamaican Guy", the other tracks were collaborations with Barry Reynolds.
The title track "Living My Life", despite receiving a limited single release, was ultimately left off the album. Further outtakes included the track "Man Around the House" (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". Both tracks were released on the 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.
The Living My Life cover picture has been described as famous as the music featured on the record itself. Like majority of Jones' artworks at that time, this one was created by her then partner Jean-Paul Goude, this time with an additional contribution from Rob O'Connor. It features the singer's disembodied head cut out from the original photograph and pasted onto a blank white background in a way that gives her head and face an angular shape. A piece of tape, or a plaster, has been pasted over her left eyebrow, and her forehead is covered with drops of water, or sweat. This cover, as many other Goude's designs for Jones, has won critical acclaim and has been an inspiration for other artists ever since.
The urban-flavoured "Nipple to the Bottle" and reggae-oriented "The Apple Stretching" were released simultaneously as lead singles. "Nipple to the Bottle" received a worldwide release, becoming a highly popular dance track in the USA, as well as a top 3 hit in New Zealand. The latter was not released in the North America and achieved only moderate success in Europe.
Three more singles were then simultaneously released in January 1983, of which "My Jamaican Guy" turned out the most successful. "Cry Now, Laugh Later", released only in the USA and Canada, and "Unlimited Capacity for Love" did not chart.
- "My Jamaican Guy" (Grace Jones) – 6:00
- "Nipple to the Bottle" (Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar) – 5:55
- "The Apple Stretching" (Melvin Van Peebles) – 7:08
- "Everybody Hold Still" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 3:10
- "Cry Now, Laugh Later" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:00
- "Inspiration" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 4:35
- "Unlimited Capacity for Love" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:45
- Benji Armbrister – assistant engineering
- Wally Badarou – keyboards
- Chris Blackwell – production
- Michael Brauer – mixing
- Mikey Chung – guitar
- Sly Dunbar – drums, syndrum
- Jean-Paul Goude – design, photography
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Grace Jones – vocals
- Rob O'Connor – design
- Barry Reynolds – guitar
- Trevor Rogers – photography
- Alex Sadkin – organ, production, engineering, mixing
- Robbie Shakespeare – bass guitar
- Steven Stanley – engineering, mixing
- Uziah Thompson – percussion
|United States (Top R&B Albums)||19|
|Worldwide||1982||LP, Cassette, CD||Island|
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